Black widow found in grapes at Aldi store - The Packer

Black widow found in grapes at Aldi store

11/11/2013 02:15:00 PM
Andy Nelson

A black widow spider was found in a container of fresh grapes in a Milwaukee, Wis.-area Aldi Supermarkets store Nov. 7.

Aldi pulled all grapes from its Milwaukee area stores and said it will beef up inspections following the find, according to a story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper.

The spider was found in a container of red grapes in an Aldi store in Wauwatosa, Wis. A consumer saw the spider in the container, put the container in a plastic bag and gave it to a store employee.

In recent months, black widows, which are poisonous, have been found on grapes in stores in Missouri and Michigan and at a school in Minnesota, according to the story.

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The Grape Avenger    
California  |  November, 11, 2013 at 06:57 PM

I would love to know the label on these grapes.

WA  |  November, 12, 2013 at 01:08 PM

spiders can be anywhere, seems strange to pick out grapes as the culprit. if data were available, spiders could probably be found most anywhere.

November, 12, 2013 at 01:14 PM

hey--it just shows they aren't doused in pesticides!

The Grape Avenger    
California  |  November, 12, 2013 at 02:15 PM

i'm sure the spider came from the grape container, as most grapes are packed outside in the vineyards. Most of the materials used to pack these grapes are also stored in the field or outside in open air sheds prior usage. Hopping spiders (Cheiracanthium gilvum, Garden sac spider), along with field cockroaches are other insects that like to tag along in bunches and boxes of grapes. FYI.... carbon dioxide is used in the control of black widow spiders for grapes that are being exported out of the USA.

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